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heteroplasia

Pronunciation: het'er-o-pla'ze-a

Definition:

  1. Development of cytologic and histologic elements that are not normal for the organ or part in question, as the growth of bone in a site where there is normally fibrous connective tissue.
  2. Malposition of tissue or a part that is otherwise normal, as a ureter that develops at the lower pole of a kidney.

Synonym(s): alloplasia

[hetero- + G. plasis, a forming]

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